Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are portable defibrillators that delivers an electrical shock in effort to revive a person that has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. These devices are rapidly gaining recognition as a lifesaving tool because they are easy to use and will deliver an electrical shock only if it is appropriate. AEDs are now required on all commercial airlines; you have probably seen them in airports, health clubs, hotels or other public places. Federal laws have been established that provide "Good Samaritan" protections for anyone who uses an AED to try to revive a person in cardiac arrest. They do not replace cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in emergency situations, but delivering an electrical shock to a person in cardiac arrest quickly is the most important part of the CPR process.
The AED Program was implemented at Texas State during the fall 2004 semester. A campus assessment was completed to determine the high volume public areas that would benefit most from placement of an AED.
Buildings currently outfitted with AEDs include:
- Student Health Center
- Student Recreation Center
- LBJ Student Center
- Strahan Coliseum
- Alkek Library
- J.C. Kellam
- Evans Liberal Arts
- Jowers Center
- Aquarena Center
- Endzone Complex
University police patrol cars also carry AEDs. The Athletics Department has several AEDs for use on the field.
The Student Health Center and the Risk Management and Safety Office are collaborating to establish and monitor the AED Program. Volunteers were sought in each of the locations for training on the use of the AED. Everyone is encouraged to get CPR training, which now includes training in the use of an AED. Heart disease is still the biggest killer in this country; knowing CPR and how to use an AED may help you save a life.